Acer P243W Review: Terrific for Text

Acer P243W
Would you sacrifice basic multimedia features for crisp, bright images and excellent text display? That's the question the Acer P243W raises. This elegant monitor also boasts an HDMI port, but it suffers from a few minor performance issues.

The 24-inch LCD has a native resolution of 1,920 by 1,200 pixels and offers four color-management options optimized for graphics, text, standard, and movie viewing. With its 3,000:1 contrast ratio and 400-cd/m² rating, the P243W is one bright monitor. I was pleased with its performance, particularly when it came to color quality and displaying small fonts, though the panel did have trouble with very fight shades of gray. DVD movies and 3D-intensive games looked fantastic, but the unit didn’t fare so well on viewing-angle performance.

Though I was pleased to see that an HDMI port is included, along with the standard analog and DVI ports, I would have liked more in the way of multimedia features. DVI and analog cables are included in the box, but unfortunately you’ll have to purchase an HDMI cable separately. On the plus side, the display is backed by a three-year parts-and-labor warranty.

The P243W may be short on entertainment features, but this stylish monitor delivers the goods when it comes to image quality (including video and games) and text reproduction.

Acer P243W Review
Price range: $499.99 list
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